Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 14 October 2019

Business Extra: What the new UAE labour card means for families

The government has introduced a new work permit - but how does it change things for workers and their families in the country?

Assistant business editors Chris Nelson and Kelsey Warner talk to The National's news editor Rory Reynolds about how the government is enabling husbands, fathers and sons to secure employment without full company sponsorship.

The move set out by the labour ministry will make it easier for them to find employment and take short-term contracts.

The change in the UAE’s working regulations will allow companies to hire men without paying for their visas and medical insurance. Instead, they can buy a work permit, often called a labour card, which costs from Dh300.

Until now, only women who could be sponsored by their husbands or fathers were eligible for labour cards.

In this episode:

- Headlines (0 minutes 53 seconds)

- The new labour card (6m 50s)

Updated: August 1, 2019 03:24 PM

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